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Grateful Dead Live at Mammoth Gardens on 1970-04-24

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Grateful Dead Live at Mammoth Gardens on 1970-04-24

Topics Live concert

I Know You Rider, Monkey & The Engineer, Friend Of The Devil, Me & My Uncle, Candyman, Uncle John's Band Easy Wind, Cumberland Blues, Dire Wolf, Dark Star-> Saint Stephen-> The Eleven-> Drums

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Mammoth Gardens
Location Denver, CO

Source Audience
Lineage AUD master C-120 > reel 3.75ips > DAT > CD
Taped by Richard Wethey
Transferred by Gerhard Schinzel, Uli Teute, Carsten Baumann, Hanno Bunjes


This seed is an upgrade over all circulating copies. The reel tape was carefully transferred by Gerhard Schinzel, reducing the speed problems that marred previous copies. Gerhard has had a 1st generation copy off Richard Wethey's master recording since 1976.

* The first seconds of Dire Wolf and Dark Star are cut.
* The d2t8 jam cuts off.
* About 2 minutes are missing from the beginning of Man's World.

The following are details of the tape speed correction that was performed digitally. The numbers express the amount of semitones the source tape ran too fast:

* acoustic set: constant 0.4
* Gradual speed-up from 0.4 to 0.6 during Easy Wind & Cumberland,
* Dire Wolf: 0.6
* Dark Star: 0.5; almost constant
* Man's World: varying between 0.4 to 0.5

The attribution of the 4/24/70 date to this tape is debatable. Richard's notes accompanying Gerhard's reel copy do not mention any specific day; the only information given is "Mammoth Gardens Denver 1970", which leaves the choice between 4/24 and 4/25. There is a newspaper article reviewing the second show; this article is transcribed at . The fact that Man's World appears on this tape points to 4/25. Uli Teute writes on Deadlists, "I don't know how the 24th got attributed to what richard taped, but if he taped the 24. and the newspaper article is correct that would make 3 Dark Stars in a row (the 26th also has a Dark Star) - very unlikely - plus the article matches our tape just perfect. maybe we have the 25th. and do not know a bit about 4-24".


Reviewer: redfastback - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 25, 2016
Subject: Mammoth Indeed!
Beautifully trippy slice of GD Heaven! Monster Eleven, sweet, dripping DarkStar...Such a great era, Pigpen's prime. Spring 70 must have been an unreal tour!
Reviewer: Go Faster, Get Rounder - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 21, 2015
Subject: A Jewel of a show
This is an incredible show and it is really a quite good AUD for the period, excellent really. I enjoyed the heck out of this one.

Spring of 1970 was one of those magic periods where everything was totally working.

Many thanks to Richard, Gerhard, Carsten, Uli and Hanno.
Reviewer: Mt.Traverse - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 28, 2015
Subject: The Location is... not Port Chester, but still hot!
To the best of my research, Mammoth Gardens is now the Fillmore Auditorium at Colfax and Fillmore. In the venue, today, they have photos of many of the bands that have played there. You can see a picture of the show and the location credited to Mammoth Gardens. This was later confirmed by a story published in one of the Dead sales rags. I'll dig it up. The hall was originally built as a warehouse, It still has the steel framed roof trusses and the feels of a nice warehouse. The sound is great all thing considered and the show is amazing. the jam cuts, but continues in A Man's World. Hot! Wonder if that was one of the times they cut off the power. 4 stars vs. other 1970, 5 overall.
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 14, 2015
Subject: mammoth dead
This is the last Eleven and what a great show. Imagine an Eleven on 6/24.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 16, 2011
Subject: Rough beauty
The recording is terrible, but the show is so great I have to give it a 4.
Reviewer: - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 17, 2011
Subject: Poor recording but worth it for the Dark Star
The Dark Start is one for the ages, just skip right to it and enjoy it despite the sound.
Reviewer: kelting - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 28, 2011
Subject: The Eleven Makes it worth it
Damn! I've now listened to the Eleven six times. So nice to hear it so cleanly played without overamped Lesh bass muddying Jerry's licks. The first set is sleepy but somehow I still liked it. The quality of the recording is not great but it sounds like the room was a tough one to record in. But the Eleven makes it all worth it. Don't miss it.
Reviewer: swagger99 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2010
Subject: Historical show!..(IMO)
Latest installment of "The Eleven" that I've heard or heard about. That makes this show a 5 star alone. The last time my favorite jam was ever played (I've read 4-26 was but no tape has been found).
Reviewer: transitivenightfall - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 30, 2010
Subject: beautiful stuff
Not a nicely recorded as I hoped, but it still sounds lovely. I've been really influenced by their late 60s to mid 70s shows. those are my favorites. anyone else have other time periods of gd love? :] happy days!
Reviewer: Gringote - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 28, 2009
Subject: This recording has to be the 24th
This recording is all likelihood is not the 25th but the 24th. If one reads the referenced newspaper article it says the band played Good Lovin. They did-I was at this show and remember it well as I was a fan of The Rascals at the time. The concert blew my mind and the article is accurate as to the intensity of the show but fails to mention the power was turned off—twice—forcing the band to call it quits for the night.

Was anyone else out there at this show?
Reviewer: Katharsys - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 22, 2008
Subject: Just cuz its there.
I'm gonna give this show a fiver. Not just cuz its on my B-day (or the day after)14 years before I was born, not just because the shitty sound quality makes this acoustic IKYR sound all that more ethereal and timeless, but SIMPLY CUZ ITS THERE! Shows like this are not to be taken for granted. I'm so glad someone had the where-with-all to stick a mic in the air at this show or else I never would have heard it. THANK YOU!!!
Reviewer: NYLifer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 24, 2008
Subject: The show sounds fine
Thanks for the upgrade. I like this better than the SirMick upgrade which I felt had artifacts from NR.
Reviewer: dq - favorite - April 24, 2007
Subject: laughs
my wife laughed at me for listening to this all the way through, it sounds that bad.
Reviewer: chinacatsnflwr5 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 2, 2007
Subject: The Eleven
im gonna give it a five just for the eleven, this has to be one of its best version, i mean the sound quality may soud like crap, but that's what makes it a little bit better, the licks jerry plays jus' go sraight to the soul
Reviewer: puttin on the weight but still bald - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 28, 2004
Subject: call it
After ignoring an earlier copy of gd70-04-24 because of its reportedly awful quality I downloaded the cleaned up version found here. Give this show a shot. After a rough few minutes the recording improves and becomes listenable. Stick it out to the electric set and youll be up there in Denver with the band. Mammoth Gardens had the acoustics of a bus station bathroom, so things didnt sound any better from the floor.
The show is misdated. The recording was made on April 25,1970.
How do I know? Could anyone forget a first show? After the download I relived a night thirty-four years in my past recognizing everything. In fact, I knew the show before a single note was played.
On the first track just before Know Your Rider, some of the crowd chants Sit down, sit down The chanting was directed at a lucky bunch standing in front of the stage. I took the chanting personally and so did a few of my friends,.but we didnt sit! The chanting got ugly after the tune and Bob Weir intervened with banter about the famous dichotomy/duality between those who like to sit and those who like to stand. He knew that everyone would be up before long anyway.
Was the show good? Definitely! Absolutely! It was a musical epiphany and I harassed friends with recounts of the evening for years thereafter. Dont discount my opinion as first show hangover. Mike DeLong, a Reviewer for the Colorado Springs SUN felt strongly as well. As he described the evening his adjectives escalated from exuberant though joyful, soaring, throbbing, and finally to excruciating (as in climax). Read his entire review at: .
Rating? I LOVE the show, but given the flaws (especially the chunk missing from It's A Man's World) a rating of three stars is charitable enough.
Check out DeLongs review before deciding move on without this show. The Dark Star > St. Stephen > The Eleven segue is way too good to ignore. Besides, this may have been be the last time the three were put together. Also, catch the band-instigated counterpoint clapping towards the end of Uncle Johns Band.
What are you waiting for? Fire-up your download manager and give this show a listen.
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